Ed Frazier is the managing partner of Corporate Smoke
Jumpers. He has been active in development activities with several
major Fortune 500 companies, including TCI (now AT&T Cable),
Liberty Media, Time Warner, and the Houston Sports Association (the
owner of the Houston Astros baseball team). In addition to the major
Fortune 500 companies, he currently works with Fox Sports Net, a
subsidiary of News Corporation. His activities have included the
implementation, design, and operation of complex technologies, as
well as the structuring of partnerships and joint ventures. While
at Liberty Media, he was the CEO of Liberty Sports, a holding company
comprised of 27 operating divisions. While at Liberty he led the
company from a single network generating $12 million a year in annual
sales to $750 million in annual revenue with an operating income
of $112 million annually. He has also served as the NTN Communications'
Chairman of the Board and has been a member of the Board of Directors
for industry trade groups such as the Cable Advertising Bureau,
Regional Sports Association, and numerous charitable boards.
Milestones of Mr. Frazier's activities include the
development of the regional sports networks, five of which he led
in the startup and the acquisition of others. Included in his experience
are international ventures in Asia, Europe, South America, and Australia.
He is currently advising a communications client company
in strategic issues. Activities of that company include the aggregation
of Internet content, creation of new content, and the deployment
of broadband services in the residential and commercial customer
base. He also assisted the company in restructuring its business
including $970 million in debt.
A co-founder and original member of Corporate Smoke
Jumpers, Trey Weir brings expertise in finance, business development,
strategic planning, venture start-up, mergers and acquisition. A
majority of Trey's experience surrounds deal structuring, specifically
in telecommunications and high technology companies. Prior to Corporate
Smoke Jumpes, Mr. Weir worked as a Senior Consultant with CoServ
Strategic Advisory Group where he was responsible for managing the
acquisition and divesture activity of CoServ Electric and its subsidiaries.
His activities included evaluating ventures targeted to be acquired
by analyzing financial, managerial, legal and regulatory issues.
Deals of interest include the acquisitions of Cable Plus Communications,
a $55 million private telecommunications and cable company, and
Masterlink, an Internet Service Provider and website development
company. Both companies were strategically acquired to increase
the effectiveness of CoServ telecommunications.
While with CoServ, Trey also worked on projects in
the energy industry by consulting to Multatech Engineering and TXU
Energy Services on renewable energy solutions specific to the wastewater
treatment industry. His contribution included creating and analyzing
a financial model that projected the potential for wastewater treatment
plants to generate power using digester gas.
Currently, Mr. Weir is advising high tech technology
companies which are in early stage development. His consulting work
includes: building financial models, managing market research, creating
investor presentations and introducing the venture to potential
capital investors and strategic partners.
Trey graduated from Baylor University, where he was
a four-year letterman in football, with a degree in Finance and
Entrepreneurship. Following graduation from Baylor, Mr. Weir spent
four years in the Arena Football League. Concurrently, Trey provided
business development and financial consulting to several start-up
Stephen W. Eckersley
Stephen Eckersley currently provides technical services
to clients of Corporate Smoke Jumpers. Mr. Eckersley recently returned
from a position as vice president and chief technical officer for
a communications client company. Mr. Eckersley was responsible for
exploring and identifying new technologies for implementation into
the communications network. Among his tasks was the integration
of the entire network into a cohesive unit to provide the best possible
services to the company's communications customers.
As chief technical officer, Mr. Eckersley defined
the parameters for the integrated wired and wireless technologies
now being utilized in the client's network and was also responsible
for all engineering and operations, including voice, data, internet,
and cable television. Under Mr. Eckersley's guidance, the company
became one of the first LMDS license holders to begin operations
in the 31 GHz band. During his tenure, Mr. Eckersley controlled
a budget exceeding $50 million and the communications company added
over 10,000 customers.
Prior to his present position, Mr. Eckersley spent
five years working in start up operations focused on fixed wireless
technology. In this capacity, he has been involved in Local Multipoint
Distribution Systems (LMDS) from the inception of the technology
and has also worked in other frequency spectrums such as Multichannel
Microwave Distribution Service (MMDS), Personal Communication Service
(PCS), and various communication bands.
With 25 years in the telephone industry at New Jersey
Bell and Southwestern Bell, Mr. Eckersley's expertise encompasses
engineering design of equipment, facilities, and networks; planning;
budgeting; maintenance and personnel management.
Mr. Eckersley graduated from Stevens Institute of
Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. Subsequently he
received a Master of Business Administration degree, with concentrations
in management and finance, from Dallas Baptist University. He is
licensed by the State of Texas as a Professional Engineer and an
Advanced Peace Officer.
Marilyn Chase is the General Manager of the Corporate
Smoke Jumpers Group. She is responsible for the day to day operations
of the group, and her background includes success with benefits
cost control, all facets of human resources and extensive experience
in corporate administration.
Mrs. Chase began her career in the Panama Canal Zone,
working for the U.S. Southern Command. There she served as Public
Affairs Officer for the US Tropic Test Center and was then promoted
to assistant to the Adjutant General. Upon relocating to the United
States, Mrs. Chase worked as assistant to the General Manager of
ON TV, a subscription television service. In 1985, Mrs. Chase worked
as Director of Human Resources for VingCard and the Nostalgia Channel
and then was hired as executive assistant to the President of Liberty
Mr. Chang is an accomplished technology and business
leader with proven success developing and implementing IT strategies
and playing a key role in enterprise-wide business planning and
execution. For over 15 years, Michael has worked with a number of
organizations in roles as diverse as COO, CTO, business co-founder,
e-business strategist, and technology architect. With this unique
blend of Technology, Business, Operations, Consulting, and Management
know-how, Michael offers a passion for completing projects on-time,
maintaining effective communications with all stakeholders, and
building cross-functional teams.
Michaels relevant experience includes co-founding an Internet
energy trading company, directing applications development and systems
methodology, sponsoring supply chain and CRM process-oriented transitions,
implementing in-bound call centers, creating customer care services,
and performing due diligence on business start-ups. In other areas,
Michael directed project teams for the global deployment of technology,
systems, and telecom in countries such as China, Russia, Czech Republic,
In many engagements, Michael is the change agent with a 90-day
approach to assess complex situations, rapidly develop short-term,
measurable goals, and set the path for lasting business transformation
objectives. His philosophy is that the speed of the leader
is the speed of team.
Mr. Chang has earned an MBA in Finance as well as
MS and BS degrees in Electrical Engineering. He is fluent in multiple
languages and is active in both professional and civic organizations.
He has received national recognition being published in IT magazines.
Mart D. Nelson, P.E.
With over 35 years experience in technology, operations,
systems integration, product and systems design and management processes,
Mr. Nelson has established a practical, cost conscious approach
to improving business and technology operations. This experience
has been gained against a solid educational and professional background,
including degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.
He is a Professional engineer, licensed to practice in Texas.
As an engineer in AT&T - the Bell System - and then
as a founding partner and former engineering partner in BlytheoNelson,
a Management Services and Systems Engineering firm that was based
in Dallas, Texas, Mr. Nelson has developed extensive expertise in
complex business and technology services.
As past president of the FOX Sports Direct group,
Glenn Gurgiolo has been responsible for the operations and development
of the direct-to-home business for all of the Regional Sports Networks
(RSN) in America. His senior level positions were with Lorimar Sports
Networks, Prime Network, Liberty Sports and FOX Sports Net. As President
of the satellite sports group for Prime, Liberty and FOX, Glenn
grew a start up business from concept to a $100M plus division in
under ten years.
As an experienced general manager with full profit
& loss, start up and operational experience, Glenn brings detailed
knowledge about Retail and Wholesale distribution to CSJ. A visionary
leader and builder of high performance sales teams, Glenn is a sound
decision-maker experienced in strategic planning, new business development,
marketing and development of sales networks.
Dr. Arno J. Kosko
Dr. Kosko recently concluded a five months consulting arrangement
with e-tenna (a Titan Corporation) which develops and licenses unique
radio frequency technologies for the commercial wireless industry
from its headquarters in San Diego, California and the R&D center
in Laurel, Maryland. Previously, Arno co-founded PULSARadio Corporation,
a broadband wireless startup, and worked for five years for BOSCH-Telecom
(now Marconi) as the Vice President of Business Development and
the Executive Advisor to the Board of Management of BOSCH-Telecom
which was a $5 billion dollar Subsidiary of the ROBERT BOSCH Company.
Arno is the Founder (1995) President & CEO of K.C.C. Inc., a
business-strategy-intelligence telecommunications consultancy which
specializes in telecommunications technology and business development
in general, and in specific, providing opportunities and solutions
within the domestic and international Broadband Wireless Access
services and industry.
Dr. Kosko has over 37 years experience in the telecommunications
industry encompassing exploratory research, engineering, program
& project management, business development, marketing, sales
and corporate management within the U.S. and international commercial,
governmental and military sectors. His positions have included:
Executive Vice President, PULSARadio, Vice President, Business Development,
BOSCH-Telecom (Germany), Vice President, Marketing and Sales, California
Microwave, Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Aydin Corporation,
Senior Program Manager, GTE, Principle Program Manager, Royal Commission
of Saudi Arabia, Director, Business Development and Strategy, Harris
Corporation, Director Engineering and Project Manager, Northrop
Corporation. He is an active member and a past Member of the Board
of Directors of the Wireless Communication Association International,
Washington, DC. and a life member of the IEEE. Arno is conversant
in several foreign languages and very sensitive to apply his knowledge
and adaptability relevant to culture trade differences in the international
In the international arena, he established new international sales
markets in the broadband wireless industry for several telecommunication
companies. Within the corporate and program management functions,
Arno was responsible for several multi hundred million dollar telecommunications
projects. He successfully negotiated and closed the sale of a $150
million microwave project in Europe. Arno's responsibilities with
BOSCH-Telecom - Germany included exploration of "Partners-Alliances"
opportunities for partial or full acquisition prospects. He successfully
spearheaded and concluded for BOSCH a major acquisition with a large
U.S. company and also originated and negotiated several OEM agreements
with major U.S. companies to enhance the product line portfolio
for BOSCH. Arno also opened several "Competence Centers"
for BOSCH in Latin America.
Dr. Kosko was educated in Germany and the United States
with degrees in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering,
Physics and Business Administration.
Mr. Fisher is a seasoned veteran with more than 26
years experience in the technology sector and expert in the art
and science of managing engineering, marketing and sales to successfully
launch technology products and services. His knowledge and experience
in computer science, information technology, communications, hardware
and software is the underpinning of a successful career spanning
product development, project management, marketing and sales. His
skills, experience and expertise contribute to the market savvy
and the business acumen necessary to identify and resolve business
problems whether they are product, marketing or sales related. His
experience ranges from successfully identifying and resolving isolated
or systemic problems in troubled programs or projects of large corporations,
fine tuning mid-sized company development, marketing and sales operations
to achieve double digit growth rates and reduce expenses, small
company turnarounds by completely redesigning their marketing and
sales strategies to match their product to the market, and guiding
technology start-ups in developing, marketing and selling innovative,
new products. His expertise and knowledge result from years of hands-on
experience in individual contributor roles and senior level executive
positions in engineering, marketing and sales responsible for achieving
corporate revenue, profit and expense objectives.
Mr. Fisher holds a MA in Marketing from the University
of Texas at Dallas, a BA in Business and Political Economy, Magna
Cum Laude from the University of Texas at Dallas and an AAL in Computer
Science from the University of Minnesota.